How does Montag foil the hound in "Fahrenheit 451"?

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Montag foils two mechanical hounds. Just as he turns the flamethrower on Beatty, the Mechanical Hound appears. Montag turns the flamethrower onto it, burning its circuitry. Nevertheless, the Hound manages to get a partial injection of anesthetic into Montag. He continues to try to escape, and makes it to Faber's house. Then, another, more sophisticated, Hound appears. To prevent the Hound from following his scent into Faber's house, he and Faber take measures to confuse the Hound's sense of smell. Montag manages to stay ahead of the manhunt and makes it to the river. He plunges into the river where his scent cannot be detected any longer.